Author Archives: Arizona Eagletarian

Dupilicitous Doug “Tooth Fairy Math” Ducey — Arizona’s demagogue of the year

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

There were few genuine surprises in last night’s debate between the nominees from the two major political parties for Arizona governor. DuVal presented intelligently with characteristic poise. Ducey was persistently evasive, as his manner is.

Really, those bottom line impressions are entirely what you can expect from each candidate until the election AND for the one who emerges victorious, it’s what you can expect throughout his term as chief executive of Arizona state government.

On the economy the Republican earned a new nickname, Doug “Tooth Fairy Math” Ducey. Arizona Republic reporter Yvonne Wingett Sanchez summed up the debate thus,

As governor, Ducey says he would recruit companies from California and Illinois, eliminate unnecessary regulations and eventually do away with the state’s personal and corporate income taxes by reforming the tax code. The income taxes account for nearly half of the $9 billion that flows into state coffers each year.

Lame. Tired. Worn out. GOP bullshit. Cut taxes and eliminate regulations. And what would he have to offer companies from Illinois to relocate to Arizona? Tax incentives.

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Why does Catherine Miranda have to have volunteers misrepresent her policy positions?

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

A source told me he had been hearing for some time during the primary election campaign that door-to-door canvassers for state Rep. Catherine Miranda have been telling voters that the candidate, locked in a primary race with Army Reserve Capt. Aaron Marquez, is “pro-choice” on the hot button issue of abortion.

Miranda’s record in the legislature and public statements would immediately call such claims into question.
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Redistricting — Legislature to SCOTUS: Validate Parliamentary Sovereignty in Arizona

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

In Arizona Legislature v Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, the AIRC filed it’s motion to dismiss or affirm on June 30. Today, July 14, the legislature filed it’s final brief. It’s now up to the SCOTUS to review all of the briefs and issue a ruling… or set the matter for a full hearing and oral argument.

Up to this point, everything has pointed to the problem being that the ruling class in Arizona has had a prolonged hissy fit because the PEOPLE dared to take a stand against what all boils down to oppression.
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Huppenthal: It’s time to POLISH THAT TURD!

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

Here’s the turd, as spelled out by the Arizona Republic, in an editorial today:

The anonymous Internet is a revealing place, full of dangers and pitfalls. It has snared many people who failed to realize it is never as anonymous as they think.

John Huppenthal, Arizona’s state schools superintendent, is the latest. For at least three years, while holding his statewide office, he has trolled various political websites. He shared ideas he would never utter as John Huppenthal under the names “Falcon9” and “Thucydides.”

“I chose this approach because I felt that any other would limit a free and open exchange,” he said in a statement e-mailed to The Arizona Republic.

Well, yes. It is rather limiting to be held accountable for expressing as facts statements that cannot withstand scrutiny. […]

Yet the Internet is never really anonymous. Bloggers from the staunchly liberal Blog for Arizona and the equally conservative Seeing Red AZ noticed that a lot of Falcon9 and Thucydides’ postings defended or advocated Huppenthal — and that they included personal details, including the names of childhood friends. From there, it didn’t take long to trace the postings back to Department of Education computers.

Busted.

I wonder how many news or law enforcement agencies have requested copies of the Arizona Department of Education’s employee handbook to find out what the official policy is on private use of state computers. Continue reading

More Ballot Challenges — UPDATED 10:00 pm 6-13-14

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

In addition to the challenges mentioned in my previous post, several more lawsuits seeking to disqualify candidates for Congress, the state legislature and statewide offices have been filed.
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Guest post: Child Safety bill important start, but NOT real reform

Cross posted from the Arizona Eagletarian

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kristin Gwinn
(480) 577-2172
kgwinn@pafcoalition.org

PAFCO Response To the Governor’s Proposed Child Welfare Reform:
” Where Are the Families? The Bill Is an Important Start, But Real Reform Is Missing.”

This week, Governor Brewer called a special session of the Arizona Legislature to consider much needed reform to our child welfare system. Continue reading